Spence seeks a dynamic educator to lead a team of Middle and Upper School History teachers as they implement a curricular vision based in the tenets of Understanding by Design. The position offers an opportunity to lead a group of dedicated teachers who value collaboration and professional growth and development. The department’s partnership with the library in developing a research scope and sequence—including a new Independent History Research Program—is one of its many key strengths. The ideal candidate has the capacity to lead with clarity, vision, and compassion.
Oversee Grade 5-12 History curriculum
Support curriculum continuity within and across Lower, Middle and Upper School
Oversee curricular design, implementation, and review
Lead hiring searches for department faculty, in tandem with the administrative team
Represent department to all constituents
Serve on school-wide committees
Represent the department at admissions and outreach events
Manage department business and budget
Mentor colleagues, serving as a pedagogical and curricular facilitator
Monitor individual professional development, goal-setting and evaluations
Oversee course sectioning and staffing
Establish department’s annual goals
Plan and lead department meetings
Serve as immediate supervisor to approximately 10 department members
Teach 3 sections of either Middle or Upper School History
Serve as advisor to students in Middle or Upper School
Finds joy in working with children and in school life
Leads with energy, kindness and a sense of humor
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
Supports Spence’s commitment to equity
Has sustained teaching experience
Shows an appreciation for the craft of teaching, along with a passion for History as a discipline
Possesses successful departmental or equivalent school-leadership experience
Has led development and implementation of innovative program design
Demonstrates ability to foster sustained collaboration and professional growth within a team
Demonstrates skills in communications and interpersonal relations within and across multiple constituencies
Holds advanced degree or equivalent experience
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply.
Please note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.
The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 750 students in Grades K–12. Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.